MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best - the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three.
Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for. It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.
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This is a re-read of the book that I read in July of 2018 that brought me to the world of fantasy, and reading as a whole, which ended up taking me to being a book blogger. So you could say that this book holds a special, special place in my heart! I now own it in paperback, ebook, audiobook and signed hardback. I recommend this book to almost every single person that asks me what they should read, it’s that good!
“And so it goes, thought Clay. Life was funny, and fickle, and often cruel. Sometimes the unworthy went on living, while those who deserved better was lost.”
“Or not lost, he considered, since they lingered on in the hearts of those who loved them, who love them still, their memory nurtured like a sprig of green in an otherwise desolate soul. Which was, he supposed, a kind of immortality, after all.”
This is a novel based on a band of mercenaries, that are treated like rock stars while also intertwining 70’s rock culture to the characters and the plot creating a world unlike any other! The plot, while not very complex, is an absolutely fun quest filled with many dangerous monsters, beasts and flying ships. The characters are also very fantastic. Clay Cooper, the main character is typically everyone’s favorite, but I absolutely love Ganelon! The magic is given to us through enchanted weapons, instruments, bags and whatnot, and there are some very funny moments with a few of these enchanted items.
“As individuals they were each of them fallible, discordant as notes without harmony. But as a band they were something more, something perfect in its own intangible way.”
With all that said, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Jeff Harding’s narration of Clay and Ganelon. Neither one really fit their characters, and since Ganelon was my favorite, it irked me a little to have to hear something so far from what his character should’ve sounded like… aside from that, everything else by the narrator was executed flawlessly.
“This day, this moment, is when you step out from the shadow of the past. Today you make your name. Today a legend is born.”